By the end of March 27, the state border will have been closed and all passenger traffic will have been suspended, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in Thursday’s address to the nation.
Even the citizens of Ukraine will be temporarily barred from entering the country.
More than 80,000 Ukrainians have been already brought home by planes, trains and buses, he stressed.
“But today we no longer have time to wait. We are facing a difficult choice between the citizens who are still abroad and the safety of 40 million citizens inside the country. It is our duty as a state to take care of every Ukrainian,” the statement reads.
According to Volodymyr Zelensky, the persons who will not be able to return within the next two days will be assisted by diplomatic missions and Ukrainian communities abroad.
On March 25, the Ukrainian government imposed an emergency situation regime for one month. The president urged the nation not to confuse it with the state of emergency, adding that an emergency situation is a ‘temporary legal regime that consolidates the work of all authorities and at the same time does not restrict the constitutional rights of citizens’.